Examining the Experiences of Spain's First Openly Gay Teamsport Athlete

Eric Anderson, Anna Vilanova, Susanna Soler

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Abstract

Spanish sports literature is devoid of studies investigating the voices of gay athletes. Using semi-structured interviews, the purpose of this research was to examine the contextually relevant experiences of the first-ever openly gay elite athlete in a Spanish team sport context. Our investigation covers multiple personal and institutional layers of the sporting complex, and are analysed in three ways 1) using Troiden’s (1989) notions of identity; 2) using Anderson’s (2009) Inclusive Masculinity Theory; and 3) McCormack’s (2011) theory of gay discourse. Our findings reveal that coming out was a more positive experience than the athlete had expected. He experienced inclusivity from his teammates, trainers, managers and supporters. There was no physical aggression and verbal harassment. He did, however, frequently hear antigay language spoken, which he reported as not being homophobic. Our findings provided one of the few examinations of this topic outside of the United States.
Original languageEnglish
JournalInternational Review for the Sociology of Sport
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Publication statusAccepted/In press - 18 May 2018

Keywords

  • Coming out
  • Gay
  • Homophobia
  • Homosexuality
  • Sport
  • Victor Gutierrez

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Anderson, E., Vilanova, A., & Soler, S. (Accepted/In press). Examining the Experiences of Spain's First Openly Gay Teamsport Athlete. International Review for the Sociology of Sport. https://doi.org/10.1177%2F1012690218780860
Anderson, Eric ; Vilanova, Anna ; Soler, Susanna. / Examining the Experiences of Spain's First Openly Gay Teamsport Athlete. In: International Review for the Sociology of Sport. 2018.
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Anderson, E, Vilanova, A & Soler, S 2018, 'Examining the Experiences of Spain's First Openly Gay Teamsport Athlete', International Review for the Sociology of Sport. https://doi.org/10.1177%2F1012690218780860

Examining the Experiences of Spain's First Openly Gay Teamsport Athlete. / Anderson, Eric; Vilanova, Anna; Soler, Susanna.

In: International Review for the Sociology of Sport, 18.05.2018.

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